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Thread: South Carolina trooper charged, shot man - seat belt violation

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    Default South Carolina trooper charged, shot man - seat belt violation

    One of those stories that just really pissed me off.

    COLUMBIA, SC — An S.C. trooper who stopped a man for a seat belt violation outside Columbia and then shot him – apparently without provocation – was arrested Wednesday and charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
    Sean Groubert, 31, a lance corporal who was fired from the Highway Patrol after the shooting incident, now faces 20 years in prison if convicted of wrongfully shooting the driver, Levar Jones.

    Groubert was booked Wednesday evening at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. He was fired from the patrol last Friday.

    Wednesday night, in a hearing at the jail, Magistrate Ethel Brewer set Groubert’s bond at $75,000.

    A video of the Sept. 4 shooting incident was played at Groubert’s bond hearing.
    The video shows Groubert firing repeatedly at Jones, who was not armed and who was not behaving aggressively. Jones was struck at least once, in the hip. He spent time in the hospital and is now out of the hospital recuperating.

    COLUMBIA, SC: VIDEO RELEASED: SC trooper charged with felony in shooting at traffic stop over seat belt violation | Crime | The State

    Sean Groubert, South Carolina State Trooper, Fired & Arrested After Shooting Unarmed Man

    A South Carolina state trooper was fired last week and arrested on Wednesday after a dashcam video showed him shooting an unarmed man during a routine traffic stop.
    Former officer Sean Groubert, 31, is seen in the newly released video pulling over Levar Edward Jones. The clip, which was recorded on Groubert's dashcam on Sept. 4, shows Jones getting out of his vehicle at a gas station in Columbia.
    Groubert asks Jones for his driver's license. As Jones reaches into his vehicle to retrieve it, Groubert shouts, "Get out of the car!"

    When Jones complies and starts to back away from the vehicle, Groubert opens fire. Three shots can be heard; Jones was hit at least once, in the hip.
    "I was just getting my license," Jones says. He also apologizes repeatedly, and asks, "Sir, why was I shot? All I did was reach for my license. I'm coming from work."
    "Well, you dove head-first back into your car," Groubert says. "Then you jumped back out, I'm telling you to get out of your car."

    Groubert was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, a felony which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison, according to a news release from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

    The complaint states that Groubert "did without justification unlawfully shoot Levar Jones which produced great bodily injury or was likely to cause great bodily injury. Audio and visual recordings, as well as written statements, obtained are further evidence to indicate the shooting incident was without justification."
    South Carolina Department of Public Safety Director Leroy Smith called the case disturbing.

    "After my review of the facts surrounding this matter, I have determined that Mr. Groubert’s actions rose to such an extent that his employment with us must be terminated," Smith said in a statement last week. "While Mr. Groubert was within the law to stop Mr. Jones for a safety belt violation, the force administered in this case was unwarranted, inconsistent with how our troopers are trained, and clearly in violation of Department policies."

    Groubert pleaded not guilty and is free after posting a $75,000 bond, according to WIS-TV. He's expected to appear in court on Oct. 24.
    Jones was hospitalized for the hip injury, but has since been released. He told WIS that he hopes the incident will lead to change throughout the country.

    Sean Groubert, South Carolina State Trooper, Fired & Arrested After Shooting Unarmed Man

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    And without the dash cam video, we would only have this officer's word to go on.

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    This is why Barney Fife's gun was unloaded.
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    Ugh, this is disgusting. That poor man. I'm just glad the whole thing was caught on tape and ESPECIALLY the cop was a poor shot.
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    i'm so thankful that all of these cops and guns are making america such a safe place to be.
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    Not sure why he wasn't charged with attempted murder.
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    I couldn't keep listening to that poor man yelling in pain and continually saying sorry.
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    My gosh, what scares me the most is that this dude knew his dash cam was recording. It's not like he was caught by some bystander's cell phone. He must have genuinely thought his actions were justifiable. The fact that we have that level of incompetence out on the streets is scary. (Not to mention his damn shooting "skills"; thank goodness they were so fucking terrible.)

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    There's that thin blue line protecting the public some more, huh? Assholes. This shit is happening more and more all the time. The fucking cops are a worse gang than the bloods and the crips... This guy did this because he thought he could do it and get away with it. The dash cam would magically NOT have been recording. Throw that fucking asshole into general population and let's see what a big man you are!
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    At least he got fired and charged. That's more than usually happens in situations like this.

    That dude was the politest shooting victim ever.

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